Godolphin’s 2016 Golden Slipper Team Takes Shape

March 14, 2016

Godolphin’s 2016 Golden Slipper Team Takes Shape

Trainer John O’Shea and the mighty Godolphin stable could have as many as four runners in this weekend’s Golden Slipper Stakes 2016 field following last Saturday’s racing results at Rosehill Gardens.

Astern (inside)

Astern (inside) is the shortest priced of the likely 2016 Golden Slipper Stakes runners for Godolphin this weekend at Rosehill. Photo: Steve Hart.

The world’s richest race for two-year-olds, the $3.5 million Group 1 Longines Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) takes place back at Rosehill on Saturday and O’Shea is hoping to have four youngsters in the capacity 16-horse starter field.

Unlikely to run in the race for O’Shea however is the weekend’s Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) winning Lonhro colt Souchez who is more likely to be saved for the $1 million Group 1 Inglis Sires’ (1400m) at Randwick on April 2.

The shortest-priced fancy for Godolphin this Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival currently occupying the third line of pre-field Golden Slipper Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au behind Mick Price’s Blue Diamond quinella of Extreme Choice ($2.90) and Flying Artie ($6) is Astern ($7.50).

O’Shea is hoping to have not only Astern but also stablemates Calliope, Tessara and hopefully also Telperion in the line-up as he shoots for his first win in the race.

“We want to run Astern, Calliope, Tessara and Telperion if we can,” O’Shea confirmed to The Sydney Morning Herald on Sunday.

Undefeated Medaglia D’Oro colt Astern earned his spot in the Golden Slipper Stakes field after taking out the Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m) on February 20.

He goes into the race without another win, but did score an easy four length Warwick Farm trial win over 804m on March 10 to help keep him fit.

The filly Calliope won last Saturday’s Group 2 Magic Night Stakes (1200m) to score her Golden Slipper Stakes ballot exemption, the young daughter of Exceed And Excel a winner of two of her three starts to date.

A $17 hope in the latest Golden Slipper Stakes betting markets, Calliope is out to become the third filly in four years to beat home the boys in the race joining Overreach (2013) and Mossfun (2014).

If successful she will be the first to take it out on the back of a Magic Night Stakes run since Calaway Gal (2nd) in 2002 and the first to complete the double since the Lee Freedman-trained Bint Marscay (1993).

Group 3 winner at Rosehill in the wet in late January, Tessera was last seen running fourth to Gai Waterhouse’s upset winner Kiss And Make Up in the Group 2 Todman Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on March 5.

The son of Medaglia D’Oro is a $41 roughie to win the Golden Slipper Stakes after that performance, the Todman producing four Golden Slipper winners since 2009.

O’Shea however believes if there is rain around, Tessera will prove way overs.

“There is a bit of rain predicted and Tessera handles wet tracks, to cover all bases we would like to have him in the race,” he said.

 

The last of the possible Godolphin contingent meanwhile, Telperion also ran fourth last time out when the Street Cry colt finished just out of the money behind Good Standing in the Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m) on February 27.

The current Golden Slipper Stakes order of entry could see O’Shea and the stable sacrifice one of their other runners to get Telperion into the field, even though the bookies only rate him a $34 chance in the markets.

“We will talk it over and hopefully they can all get a run, but there might be a decision to be made,” O’Shea said.

A lot hinges on whether one-time favourite Capitalist is passed fit to line-up, the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Magic Millions Classic winner found to be mildly lame post a Tuesday gallop last week.

A winner of his opening three career starts, the Written Tycoon colt suffered his sole defeat to date when going down the beaten odds-on favourite in the Todman Stakes and will be vetted by Racing NSW’s Craig Suann.

Confirmed Golden Slipper Stakes jockeys for the Godolphin runners currently are James McDonald on Astern and Sam Clipperton on Calliope.

To back O’Shea’s Slipper hopes at their juicy futures prices visit Ladbrokes.com.au today!

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2021 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Melbourne Cup 2024 Talks for B...

Military Mission Fires in 2023...

Military Mission Fires in 2023 Zipping Classic Results

The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Melbourne Cup graduate Military...

Zipping Classic 2023 Field �...

Zipping Classic 2023 Field & Odds Update: Vow And Declare Defends Title

Danny O’Brien’s 2019 Melbourne Cup winner Vow And Declare continues to show a...

Overpass Heads 2023 Winterbott...

Overpass Heads 2023 Winterbottom Stakes Field & Betting Markets

Bjron Baker’s The Everest performer Overpass is tipped to return to winning...

Osipenko Leads The Gong 2023 R...

Osipenko Leads The Gong 2023 Race Field & Betting

The Chris Waller-trained Pierro four-year-old Osipenko is firm favourite in...

Horse Racing Today

The Q22 2024 Results: Fawkner ...

2024 Stradbroke Handicap Resul...

2024 Stradbroke Handicap Results: Three-Year-Old Filly Stefi Magnetica Beats Bella Nipotina

In an incredible finish to Queensland’s best race, Bjorn Baker’s...

Stradbroke Calls For 2024 The ...

Stradbroke Calls For 2024 The Goodwood Winner Benedetta

Brisbane’s Stradbroke Handicap is on the agenda this winter for Jason Warren’s...

Numerian Wins Hollindale Stake...

Numerian Wins Hollindale Stakes 2024 First-Up, Firms in Doomben Cup Betting

Trainer Annabel Neasham made it four straight wins in the A.D. Hollindale...

2024 SA Derby Winner Coco Sun ...

2024 SA Derby Winner Coco Sun Aims at Queensland Oaks

Brisbane’s Queensland Oaks is a likely winter target for the talented Tony...

Race Results

The Q22 2024 Results: Fawkner Park Bolts Home Ahead of Spring Cups

2024 Stradbroke Handicap Results: Three-Year-Old Filly Stefi Magnetica Beats Bella Nipotina

Cox Plate 2024 Calls for JJ Atkins Winner Broadsiding

Melbourne Cup 2024 Talks for Brisbane Cup Winner Alegron

Stradbroke Calls For 2024 The Goodwood Winner Benedetta

Race Previews

Bella Nipotina Heads 2024 Tattersall’s Tiara Field & Betting Markets

Luncies Heads 2024 Ipswich Cup Field, Betting & Weights

2024 Stradbroke Handicap Tips & Best Bets

Brisbane Cup 2024 Field & Odds Update: Mostly Cloudy Top Elect

2024 The Q22 Field & Betting Update: Fawkner Park Favourite

Fields & Form

Bella Nipotina Heads 2024 Tattersall’s Tiara Field & Betting Markets

Luncies Heads 2024 Ipswich Cup Field, Betting & Weights

2024 Stradbroke Handicap Tips & Best Bets

Brisbane Cup 2024 Field & Odds Update: Mostly Cloudy Top Elect

2024 The Q22 Field & Betting Update: Fawkner Park Favourite